Idol

A Film by Luisa Taraz

Synopsis

The artist Loudo should have submitted a commissioned work some time ago, but he is in a blockade. When he finally – inspired by his muse – creates a masterpiece, his manager and his muse get into a violent argument over the sale of the work. Only too late Loudo realizes what role he was playing in all this.

Director

  • Picture of Luisa Taraz © Luisa Taraz

    Luisa Taraz

    Luisa Taraz was born in Hamburg with Iranian roots. After completing a degree in theatre studies at the LMU in Munich, she studied acting at the university of the arts in Zurich. Since graduating, she has worked at various state theatres, first as an ensemble member of the Schauspielhaus Kiel, then freelance at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Kampnagel and Thalia Theater in Hamburg. She has also worked as a director since 2013. Her directing debut took place at the Thalia Theater, this was followed by a string of productions for various festivals as well as the Kraine theatre in New York City. 2015 marked her first collaboration with the producer Manuel Weber, on the pop opera "Homeward" for the Reeperbahn festival. Owing to its great success, they developed the short film IDOL, Luisa's debut as a film director. Thematically, Luisa focuses on the abyss of the human condition as well as its fragile relationships. For her, reality and dream are often inextricably connected.

Awards + Festivals

  • *BEST COMEDY SHORT*
    6th SNAKE ALLEY FESTIVAL OF FILM (Official Selection, Burlington, IA, USA)June 20, 2018
  • 2nd BERLIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)June 28, 2018
  • 7th KOLKATA SHORTS INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)July 22, 2018
  • 24th SAN ANTONIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Antonio, TX, USA)August 1, 2018
  • GOLDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)August 10, 2018
  • 21st CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moraga and Orinda, USA)August 24, 2018
  • *BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY*
    2nd GREAT MESSAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)September 22, 2018
  • 4th PARKFLIMMERN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Fürstenwalde, Germany)October 3, 2018
  • 3rd FISHEYE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, High Wycombe, UK)October 11, 2018
  • 13th ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Orlando, FL, USA)October 18, 2018
  • 1st EAU CLAIRE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Eau Claire, WI, USA)October 19, 2018
  • 7th DELHI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Delhi, India)October 28, 2018
  • 4th BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bahia, Brazil)November 1, 2018
  • 2nd COLLATERAL 102 FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Torino, Italy)December 6, 2018
  • *BEST DEBUT FILM*
    BEYOND EARTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)December 22, 2018
  • *SPECIAL APPRECIATION BY JURY AND AUDIENCE*
    2nd CHAMBAL INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kota, Rajasthan, India)January 12, 2019
  • 6th UNDERGROUND FILMFEST (Official Selection, Liguria, Italy)February 15, 2019
  • A TOUCH OF NOIR EVENT (Official Selection, London, UK)February 18, 2019
  • 2nd LISBON FILM RENDEZVOUS (Official Selection - Winter Edition, Lisbon, Portugal)March 8, 2019
  • 14th BELOIT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beloit, WI, USA)March 22, 2019
  • 1st HEART OF ENGLAND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Coventry, United Kingdom)March 28, 2019
  • 3rd RGU FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK)March 31, 2019
  • 3rd JAIPUR FILM WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, PinkCity, Jaipur, India)April 5, 2019
  • 2nd SWINDON INDEPENDANT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK)April 15, 2019
  • 2nd KOQIX INDIE FEST (Official Selection, Turin, Italy)April 16, 2019
  • 6th BLACKBIRD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cortland, NY, USA)April 24, 2019
  • 10th NEW YORK CITY INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)May 5, 2019
  • 2nd CYPRUS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nicosia, Cyprus)May 6, 2019
  • 11th FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cork, Ireland)May 22, 2019
  • 1st CHELTENHAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cheltenham, United Kingdom)May 27, 2019
  • TOKYO LIFT-OFF ONLINE FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tokyo, Japan)May 27, 2019
  • 15th INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL DETMOLD (Official Selection, Detmold, Germany)May 29, 2019
  • 11th LIGHTHOUSE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)June 6, 2019
  • 6th FORT WORTH INDIE FILM SHOWCASE (Official Selection, Fort Worth, TX, USA)June 25, 2019
  • 1st WEST EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FUSION ISFF (Official Selection, Brussels, Belgium)August 17, 2019
  • 6th BENICIA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Benicia, CA, USA)September 6, 2019
  • 12th ARIZONA UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tucson, AZ, USA)September 13, 2019
  • 15th GODDESS ON THE THRONE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Prishtine, Kosovo)September 27, 2019

Crew

Director
Luisa Taraz
Screenplay
Manuel Richard Weber, Luisa Taraz
Producer
Manuel Richard Weber, Jürgen Nerger
Director of Photography
Martin Neumeyer
Art Direction
Julia Katharina Berndt
Costume Design
Ada Oehrlein
Sound
Michael Manzke
Editor
Pierre Samoske
Sound Design
Pierre Samoske
Music
Manuel Richard Weber

Details

Running Time
08:33 min
Shooting Format
Arri Alexa 2k ProRes422
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:2,39 (Cinemascope Letterbox)
Sound
DTS
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCER

Manuel Richard Weber
Rentzelstr. 14
20146 Hamburg, Germany
post@manuelrichardweber.de
www.manuelrichardweber.de

DIRECTOR

Luisa Taraz
tarazluisa@gmail.com
www.luisataraz.de
de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luisa_Taraz

www.idol-shortfilm.com